The Borno State Government has said N515m has been expended N515 million under it’s Cash For Sanitation Initiative, to rid political thugs off the streets of Maiduguri metropolis.
The state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara disclosed this while speaking at the re-launch of the scheme on Thursday.
This is as the United Nations Development Programme said it was buying into the state government’s Cash For Sanitation Initiative,” a programme which pays each political thug N30,000 monthly for six months after signing a bond not to be involved in political thuggery again.
In July 2019, Umara had launched a “cash for sanitation” programme through which 2,862 registered members of political thuggery groups were being paid N30,000 between July and December (six months) to abandon thuggery and clean the streets.
When the payment ended in December, the state government subsequently ordered the arrest and prosecution of anyone caught involved in political thuggery.
He said the 2,862 youths were drawn from the 15 wards in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and six wards of Jere.
According to him, N515m was spent in making the monthly payments to the youth and that payments were made directly into individual’s accounts.
He said this was done in addition to getting the youth acquire vocational skills so that they could become productive.
While expressing the interest of the UN agency in the programme, the UNDP’s Representative in Borno, Yoshiaki Noguchi, said the payment of N30,000 would be extended to the participants in the scheme for another three months.